10 Surprising Statistics About the Contingent Worker and Your Contract Workforce


Register for our awesome webinar discussing how to onboard, engage and recruit your contract and contingent workforce 6/18 at 1 PM EST. HRCI and SHRM recertification credits. My work has placed me at an interesting intersection where I am working and consulting in the HR and recruiting industries while also being an independant contractor and member of the contingent workforce. 40% of workers now have contingent and contract jobs says the IRS ( Forbes online ).

Scaling Your Contingent Workforce: A Competitive Advantage, Yes, But Not Without Risks


This may just be the year of the contingent workforce. Globally, the numbers are even bigger, particularly in Asia , where as much as 20% of the workforce is contingent. One study predicts that eventually 25% of the global workforce will be contingent. As important is finding the right balance between permanent and contingent, and integrating them both into an efficient organization. This may just be the year of the contingent workforce.


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HR Slang: Contingent Fringe

HR Capitalist

What's the definition of " contingent fringe ?" I first heard the term from Steve Youll, a HR Strategic Planning Analyst at Greif (maker of industrial packaging solutions) on The CYA Report, a podcast I lead over at Fistful of Talent ( check out the episode with Steve that highlights a feature story on contingent labor at Workforce.com here , it drops on 8.6.12 - thanks for Workforce Sr. The contingent fringe.

More Temporary Work in 2012?

Careers Done Write

There are a variety of statistics reported by the American Staffing Association, but the numbers show that companies are continuing to use contingency (temporary) workers. Demand for temps also varies by industry and region. Demand for temps seems to be high in area where unemployment is lower. As demand for temps increases, so does the pay, especially for highly-skilled workers and multi-lingual workers. Temps are the first to be hired in a recovering economy.

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Getting On a Recruiter’s Radar Screen

Career Rocketeer

Although not at the top of most people’s game plan, for most unemployed and employed job seekers retained and contingency search consultants and even more so IT technical recruiters for temp or contract positions have their place in the overall job search strategy.

HR Trends You Can’t Ignore


Contingent Workforce. In the past, temps have often been marginalized as a stop-gap solution to permanent employment. However, today’s most innovative businesses are now seeking to find the optimal balance between temp, contract, and permanent labor. Furthermore, employers see contingent workers as a great way to build flexibility into their planning, allowing them to avoid lay-offs in down cycles while equipping them to ramp back just as easily.

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LAROCQUE’s Five Recruiting Trends in 2014 #recruittrends


Contingent/FTE Hybrid Recruiting. Current trends show the Fortune 500 workforce being 50% contingent by 2020. This means that in many environments the two worlds of recruiting Full Time Employees (FTEs) and contingent workers (contractors, temps, independent consultants) will collide. Contingent staffing has long been managed by purchasing, line management, and staffing firms (Managed Service Providers/Sole Source). Recruiting Trends Week is upon us!

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short answer Saturday — 6 short answers to 6 short questions

Ask A Manager

When will this temp job turn permanent? I am currently working as a temp at a large company. The position is temp-to-hire and I have been told that there is no doubt that I will be brought on permanently with the company I am temping at. Initially they told me it would only be a couple weeks to a month more of temping, but now they are telling me it will be three or four more months. I have already been a temp for over four months.

“What is Joint Employer Liability?” Many Workers Have Two Employers, But Don’t Know It

Sklover Working Wisdom

LESSON TO LEARN : If you are a “contract,” temporary, “contingent,” seasonal, “leased,” “outsource,” or “independent” worker, in the eyes of the law you may well be an employee and, what may seem odd to some people, of two companies. Example: Department stores are not hiring “seasonal employees” at year-end holiday time, as they always used to do, but instead are increasingly turning to “temp agencies” to hire them and then “lease them” back to the department stores.

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when a positive reference suddenly turns negative

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: My sister was recently chosen for a permanent position at a large organization where she had previously worked as a temp. They had gotten along very well, he wrote her a very nice reference letter when her temp assignment ended, and he continued to provide stellar reviews of her to other companies she applied to during her work search.

your workplace holiday disasters

Ask a Manager

For reasons which I dare not know, there is a small contingent of people in my department who all have strong personalities, strong opinions, and no chill. “I was one of about 8 temps at a large company around the holidays. Only one temp participated in the swap. Fast forward to about a week later when Yankee Swap temp wasn’t chosen for permanent position (unrelated to gift) and he and 4 others were released from the assignment.

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My Funny Job Interview

Career Rocketeer

Having unintentionally terminated my budding career as a television journalist, and having no contingency plan, I decided to fall back temporarily on my college summer work as a temp and scoured the classifieds for something secretarial. In an earlier column, I shared how shortly after I graduated college, I blew a job offer at a television network affiliate. Here’s another interview experience that happened shortly after that, and one that had my friends laughing for days.

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fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

Negotiating for more money as a temp. I signed up with a temp agency back in February to keep busy. You’re worth more to the company now because you know the work, they’re giving you more tasks, and they like you — those three things count for a lot with temps. And you’re probably worth more to the temp agency too, because they want to keep the client happy. It’s fast answer Friday — seven short answers to seven short questions.

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I love my job, but hate the money

Ask a Manager

While I have several years of direct experience and a master’s degree in my field, I was forced into a job title with the word “assistant” in it (went from temp to perm), when my skills are beyond an assistant level. If you’re in the latter group, then you’d want to be thinking about contingency plans — like whether there’s better paying work that’s field-adjacent, or whether you’re up for doing something else entirely.). A reader writes: I’m very torn.

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fast answer Friday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions

Ask A Manager

I’ve been working for the organization as a temp since January, but I will have a new boss (the old one retired) and be hired as a full-time employee. One option is to have them make any job offer contingent on a reference from your current boss, so that way she’s not called until you already have an offer. It’s fast answer Friday. Here we go… 1. Recent grad wants management job.

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my boss asks us to pick up his lunch for him — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

You used the term “quid pro quo,&# which I assume you meant in a sexual discrimination or harassment sense, but that term refers to implying that job benefits are contingent upon sexual favors … which isn’t happening here, unless “get his lunch&# is some new sexual slang I haven’t heard yet. Reply Anonymous January 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm This reminds of my worst temp job… and the reason temp jobs are great work experience.

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16 months after leaving job, still getting hassled by old boss

Ask A Manager

But you can certainly make future answers contingent on it. (Of temp workers new account manager is a jerk 10 things to know about applying for nonprofit jobs what qualifications can trump experience, when job-searching? how can I get my temp job to hire me on permanently? how to list temp work on a resume HR told me theyre taking a risk in hiring me my company promised me a raise and wont come through did I blow my chances in this phone interview?

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